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Payette Lake Mountain Modern
Payette Lake Mountain Modern
J Truex Architecture
Faith Mackert
Living room - modern living room idea in Boise
Naples Beach Coastal Retreat Great Room
Naples Beach Coastal Retreat Great Room
41 West
View of Great Room/Living Room and Entertainment Center: 41 West Coastal Retreat Series reveals creative, fresh ideas, for a new look to define the casual beach lifestyle of Naples. More than a dozen custom variations and sizes are available to be built on your lot. From this spacious 3,000 square foot, 3 bedroom model, to larger 4 and 5 bedroom versions ranging from 3,500 - 10,000 square feet, including guest house options.
Beautiful New Encino Construction
Beautiful New Encino Construction
Landmark Construction Crew
Living Room of the Beautiful New Encino Construction which included the installation of the angled ceiling, black window trim, wall painting, fireplace, clerestory windows, pendant lighting, light hardwood flooring and living room furnitures.
Cueva de Oro
Cueva de Oro
karen greiner interiors
Inspiration for a transitional dark wood floor and brown floor living room remodel in Austin with white walls, a standard fireplace and a media wall
Richard
Richard
Rosewood Custom Builders
Inspiration for a large contemporary formal and open concept medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room remodel in Dallas with beige walls, a standard fireplace, a wood fireplace surround and a wall-mounted tv
Traditional Southern Home in UP
Traditional Southern Home in UP
Ellen Grasso & Sons, LLC
Inspiration for a transitional open concept dark wood floor and brown floor living room remodel in Dallas with white walls, a standard fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
Warm Retro Duplex in Logan Square
Warm Retro Duplex in Logan Square
Devon Grace Interiors
Example of a trendy medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room design in Chicago with white walls, a ribbon fireplace, a tile fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
rustic linear fireplace
rustic linear fireplace
Ember Fireplaces
Living room - contemporary living room idea in New York with a ribbon fireplace and a stone fireplace
Transitional Designs
Transitional Designs
DLT Interiors-Debbie Travin
Example of a beach style open concept dark wood floor and brown floor living room design in New York with blue walls
Urban Retreat
Urban Retreat
Suman Architects
Inspiration for a contemporary living room remodel in Denver
Mill Valley Family Home
Mill Valley Family Home
User
Thomas Kuoh
Elegant formal and open concept dark wood floor living room photo in San Francisco with white walls, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace and no tv
COLLEGE PARK | CONDO RESIDENCE
COLLEGE PARK | CONDO RESIDENCE
Steele Street Studios
Shannon Lazic
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional enclosed dark wood floor living room library remodel in Orlando with a wall-mounted tv, no fireplace and gray walls
Mission Style
Mission Style
Greystone Homes LLC
Living room - large craftsman formal and enclosed carpeted living room idea in Other with red walls
Fireplace Seating
Fireplace Seating
R|House Design Build
Living room - large transitional formal and enclosed carpeted living room idea in Minneapolis with gray walls, no tv, a ribbon fireplace and a stone fireplace
Maidstone
Maidstone
HW Interiors
Small transitional formal and open concept concrete floor and beige floor living room photo in Miami with gray walls, a standard fireplace, a tile fireplace and no tv
Golden Isles Residence 2
Golden Isles Residence 2
2id Interiors
Gorgeous Living Room By 2id Interiors
Example of a huge trendy open concept beige floor and ceramic tile living room design in Miami with multicolored walls and a wall-mounted tv
Politzer Residence
Politzer Residence
Fiorella Design
Living room - large transitional open concept light wood floor and beige floor living room idea in San Francisco with white walls
Jacon Way
Jacon Way
J. Kurtz Design
Amy Bartlam
Example of a large trendy open concept medium tone wood floor and brown floor living room design in Los Angeles with white walls, a ribbon fireplace, a brick fireplace and a wall-mounted tv
Craftsman Mansion
Craftsman Mansion
Chesler Construction, Inc.
Living room - traditional living room idea in San Francisco
Casual and Cool
Casual and Cool
The Guest House Studio, ASID
Photo by Margaret Wright
Inspiration for a coastal living room remodel in Charleston with white walls and a standard fireplace

A living room can serve many different functions, from a formal sitting area to a casual living space. As you start browsing furniture, decorating and wall ideas for your room, think about the space's desired purpose and focus on a few staple items, such as a comfortable sofa and a coffee table, then choose the rest of the accent furniture and wall decor accordingly. Read on for more handy living room ideas to maximize your new space:

How do I decorate my living room?

When it comes to living room design, there are really no hard-and-fast rules. When considering different living room ideas, you’ll want it to be a space that makes your family and guests feel comfortable, but is also functional for day-to-day living. When thinking about living room colors, most people have a tendency to go super neutral or boldly colorful in living rooms, but be careful of going overboard with either. If you go with neutrals for the big items, like sofas, armchairs and ottomans, then go a bit bold with decorative accessories — that way, you can easily swap out the small things when a new color scheme is in order. Likewise, if you want your sofa to be a statement piece then scale back the decor so they don’t fight for attention.

Don’t forget about the mid-sized living room decorating ideas, like rugs and curtains, which can double as functional and decorative when done right. Lighting is also an important feature to consider when decorating a living room. Do you have the ability to do overhead lighting, or will you need to use table and floor lamps? Either one can be design features in themselves, as well as putting the spotlight on other decor you want to showcase. In your living room design, position lighting in accordance to any art you want to illuminate, and remember to have a well lit spot for reading-related activities. You can also change the light of the space by the paint color you choose; a room with little natural lighting will benefit from a light and airy color, while one with plenty of sunlight may have more leniency in color choice.

What should dictate my living room design?

Living rooms were originally intended to act as sophisticated settings for hosting and entertaining, while family rooms were used for more casual, everyday activities, like lounging, playing or watching TV. However, many homes today will only have one larger room that acts as both an entertainment and primary living space. If yours is the former, you’ll likely be utilizing it as a sitting room to have drinks and good conversation with guests, without distractions like television. As often shown in living room photos, a bar cart, formal furniture and an eye-catching focal point, such as a sophisticated fireplace and mantel, will help achieve this look and feel. On the other hand, if it's your primary living space it should see more daily use, often functioning as a TV room, complete with sofa sectional, media console and gaming spot (that cleans up nicely for guests, of course!). In the end, think about your needs when considering different living room ideas; after all, a family with small children will likely need a playroom more than a formal sitting room.

What kind of living room furniture should I have?

Because living rooms can serve many purposes, you’ll want to be sure to incorporate a variety of different furniture pieces to cover all possible activities. When considering living room ideas, start with your space. If your home is generally tight on space, having plenty of shelves, cabinets or drawers will be crucial to accommodating any storage needs. Built-ins are the best way to do this, since they take up less space and are often customized to meet your needs, however they can run on the more expensive side. If built-ins aren’t part of your living room design ideas, start with the big pieces, like an entertainment center or TV stand to house any electronics and accessories, or a bookcase to keep books, picture frames and knickknacks in check. Plenty of living room furniture ideas use pieces in multiple ways, like a desk or table as a craft station or homework spot, and a window seat as a go-to reading or nap station.

You will no doubt need some seating options incorporated into your living room design, which can range from small accent chairs to a big roomy sectional. Be careful of cramming a too-large sofa into a too-small space — it’s tempting to go big, but sacrificing walking paths or potential storage space is not always worth it. While there are a lot of different options in living room designs, you definitely want to have enough seating for those living in the house, plus an extra seat or two for the occasional guests. A place to put down drinks or snacks, like side tables or a coffee table, is a must. If you have the depth for it, an ottoman or coffee table where people can prop their feet up is always a welcome living room decorating idea, but skip out on this if the living room is on the narrow side and go for a deeper sofa instead. Whatever size your space is, there’s plenty of living room inspiration to choose from - to get started on your living room remodel, add living room pictures which spark creativity to an ideabook.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a living room renovation or are building a designer living room from scratch, Houzz has 1,614,493 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including 2id Interiors and karen greiner interiors. Look through living room pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a living room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful living room photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.